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Black Diamond Fracas Red - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 8.72%


Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GRG1313 on 12-16-2012)
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by InfernoBoss:
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +9%

08-24-2013 16:53:31 | More by InfernoBoss
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arizcards

Arizona

3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a discontinued bomber at Sprouts in mid-January for $5.89. No freshness date.

Beer poured amber with a nice white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is malty with hints of citrus.

Taste is a bit uneven, caramel malts, pine and citrus greet the palate in a fashion that does not blend very well. This could be a freshness issue.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this recipe has some potential if fresh. I am always a sucker for a double red but unfortunately this one dissapoints a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 01:02:10 | More by arizcards
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od_sf

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

02-04-2014 03:30:47 | More by od_sf
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this brewery is new to me, and I hope they have better offerings than this. It has a cool label and it opens to a nice red foamy glass with some suspension and it looks like long lasting bubbling. That's the high point. Reds usually look great, so this is not unexpected.

The aroma is a slightly funky hoppy thing. The taste follows suit. It has a pretty big malt/big beer taste going on too. The aftertaste is funky too. Bitter, and dry. None of this is in any way bad, it is a beer you should try, but it leads me to check for a date to see if Save-on sold me something too old.

... and the conclusion is - there is no date on the thing anywhere that I could see. I will not seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 18:21:40 | More by schoolboy
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jbeervt

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-29-2013 22:43:04 | More by jbeervt
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-28-2013 16:41:06 | More by sansho
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Braz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-15-2013 18:17:54 | More by Braz
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marct

Nevada

3/5  rDev -18.3%

09-07-2013 04:50:19 | More by marct
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ckollias

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this brew out of snifter glass

A: Pours a reddish hue with a nice white head that slowly dissipates leaving a decent trail.

S: Hoppy bitter aroma with decent alcohol scent in the background.

T: Really hoppy and bitter with lots of alcohol and finishes dry.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent IRA – worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 14:16:31 | More by ckollias
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c_bellingham

California

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a little bit too strong of roasted nuts taste, but after a few more sips it took on a mild fruity taste. Eventually it became somewhat bitter, but still drinkable.
The smell however came off quite fragrant and reminded of being near a campfire.
The color was a dark amber in the middle while giving way to golden-red at the edges.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:31:17 | More by c_bellingham
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akttr

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-10-2013 05:06:03 | More by akttr
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-03-2013 03:45:51 | More by Birdlegs
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured one finger of head on a hazy, rust red colored body.
The aroma is rich roasted malt and dry grain. Up front and nice.
The taste is moderate bitter mixed with moderate sweet. Some grapefruit and big malt. The sweetness comes back though... a bit too much.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
A big, bold ale. I thought it was too sweet though.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 03:07:29 | More by Fatehunter
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, orange rind, floral, caramel, toast, brown sugar, pine, grass, brown bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, toast, caramel, brown sugar, floral, grass, pine, brown bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, toast, caramel, floral, grass, pine, brown sugar, brown bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and dark malt flavors; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, lightly slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Overall this is a very nice imperial red ale. All around nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:42:56 | More by superspak
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EastBay_Nick

California

4/5  rDev +9%

07-13-2013 22:09:34 | More by EastBay_Nick
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Drknight

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

07-12-2013 14:16:21 | More by Drknight
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mactrail

California

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a red orange amber color with a superior long-lasting foam. Mouthfeel is quite creamy and nice. Flowers

I don't know. this is just strange. Where does the enormous grapefruit flavor come from? Not so much the bitter peel, but something like canned grapefruit. Brewer says the array of hops include Apollo for bittering, plus Chinook, variety "342", Zythos, and more. They don't mention the yeast, but include brown sugar and turbinado. It just tastes like the malt syrup homebrew I used to make, when I'd jack up the alcohol with a pound of brown sugar. Eventually the medicinal bitterness creeps up. Peaches and quinine.

I still have trouble with the fruit punch, sweet 'n' sour flavor followed by the bitterness. It's just so attractive and pleasantly sudsy. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 05:50:28 | More by mactrail
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jakecattleco

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-09-2013 21:47:52 | More by jakecattleco
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-04-2013 18:22:26 | More by BYOFB
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lsummers

California

3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rusty red, deep in color and cloudy. Tanish head that dissipates with some nice lacing clinging to the glass.

Smells grassy piny hop notes with that caramel sweet molasses malty backbone.

Tastes of sharp piny peppery grassy hops with good amount of malty barley sugar with a bit of raison and well done toast. The taste goes to a bunch of places, it's not as well balanced as I would like for a hoppy red ale but It is very interesting to try. And it stays drinkable. Somewhere in the middle it introduces some fruity citric berry flavours. I almost want to say it's a touch dry because I want to take another sip immediately after. That could partly be to try to find more hidden flavours. The piny werthers originals after-taste is actually quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is creamy and sharp. Feels like some mineral waters in a way though.

Overall, this is a good red ale, interesting, unique and different. However it doesn't seem as balanced as other red ales out there. The flavours are intense and very gratifying, gets a good grade in my book.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 00:38:33 | More by lsummers
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twelveinches

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-14-2013 06:03:11 | More by twelveinches
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rwilde

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-06-2013 14:40:38 | More by rwilde
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-04-2013 22:14:21 | More by marlinsfan4
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Proclarush

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-22-2013 02:06:01 | More by Proclarush
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CrazyEasyBartender

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-19-2013 03:15:47 | More by CrazyEasyBartender
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Black Diamond Fracas Red from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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